Thieves try to use Harris County jury service calls to get SSNs

Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel is warning Harris County residents of an identity theft scam.  Identity thieves are calling Harris County residents and asking for social security numbers while pretending the information is needed in furtherance of Harris County jury service. A press release from the District Clerk says that the would-be thieves threaten people for failing to report for jury service. Daniel said that similar schemes have been attempted in Harris County in the past, and he reminded residents never to give out personal identifying information such as social security numbers. Jury room staff will never contact prospective jurors and ask for sensitive information over the phone or by email.